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Emterra Donates $241,000 Over Six Years to Cancer Treatment in Niagara

Emterra Environmental presented a cheque for $37,800 to OneFoundation for Niagara Health System as part of the Make Your Contribution at the Curb program. On-hand for the presentation was, from left: Regional Chair Alan Caslin, Walker Family Cancer Centre director of patient care Brenda Lunscombe, OneFoundation president and CEO Roger D. Ali, Paulina Leung, Emterra Group and Linda Boich, Niagara Health executive vice-president of quality, community development and mental health and addictions.

Ever wonder if it really matters if you recycle that soft drink can or empty cereal box? Well here’s proof everything you recycle in Niagara adds up and it makes a difference to health care in our Region. 

For six consecutive years Emterra Environmental has financially supported cancer care treatment in the Region of Niagara based on how much Niagara residents recycle. Under its made-in-Niagara, award-winning ‘Make Your Contribution at the CurbTM(MYCATC) program, for every tonne recycled, Emterra Environmental donates $1 to the Walker Family Cancer Centre (WFCC) to purchase medical equipment for cancer treatment.

On Monday, Emterra’s VP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Paulina Leung, presented a cheque for $37,800, to OneFoundation for Niagara Health System. The amount represents the 37,800 tonnes of recyclables collected from residents in 2016. This brings the total Niagara residents have recycled since 2011 to nearly 241,000 tonnes, meaning that from 2011 to 2016, Emterra’s donations to the WFCC have totaled nearly a quarter of a million dollars.  

Niagara residents see Emterra Environmental staff around the Region through the week as they collect blue and grey box recyclables, bulky waste, batteries, yard waste, and organics under contract to the Region of Niagara.

“We are proud to be a part of the Niagara community and to support to the Walker Family Cancer Centre,” says Ms. Leung. “It is our mission to strengthen the communities where we provide waste resources management services by making tangible contributions to their health and well-being. Our ‘Make Your Contribution at the CurbTM’ challenge is a fun way to remind people that recycling contributes to environmental health but also has a direct impact on how much we give to cancer care each year. Remember, the more you recycle, the more we give.”

Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin joined Emterra at the cheque presentation. He added: “On behalf of Regional Council, I’m pleased to acknowledge the work Emterra does by giving back to the Niagara community. Emterra’s ongoing contributions to the Walker Family Cancer Centre support cancer treatment for Niagara residents and is part of what being a committed community partner is all about.”

Among the people on hand at the WFCC to accept Emterra’s gift were OneFoundation President and CEO, Roger D. Ali, as well as Brenda Luscombe, Director of Patient Care at the Walker Family Cancer Centre, who spoke to how this contribution positively affects patient care at the centre.

“We're so grateful for the support of corporate leaders like Emterra whose commitment to local cancer care helps ensures that our patients receive the best possible care close to home,” says Mr. Ali. “By making their contribution at the curb, Niagara residents are supporting the thousands of patients treated at the Walker Family Cancer Centre every year.”

The Region of Niagara also supports MYCATC by providing advertising space in local newspapers through the region.